Duke QB Thomas Sirk To Transfer For Final Year
Thomas Sirk – the injured Blue Devil playmaker – will be a grad transfer for his final season.
According to GoDuke.com, QB Thomas Sirk will leave as a grad transfer to play his final season elsewhere, with a sixth year of eligibility after missing last year with an Achilles tendon injury.
“First and foremost, we are 100 percent supportive of Thomas and his decision to complete his eligibility at another school,” head coach Cutcliffe said. “I’ve said it many times before: Thomas is an incredible young man. He’s conscientious, dedicated and what I would consider the ultimate teammate due to his selflessness and leadership qualities.”
Solid in 2015, he hit 58% of his passes for 16 touchdowns and eight picks, and ran for 803 yards and eight scores on the way to a bowl-winning season – running for 155 yards and two scores in the win over Indiana.
With 6-4, 220-pound size, smarts, and experience, he’s good enough to step in and be a dangerous dual-threat option, but he’s not being allowed to go to anyone in the ACC, or the teams on the Duke slate – Northwestern, Baylor, Army or North Carolina Central. None of that should be a problem. However, staying healthy is always going to be the concern.
He tore his Achilles tendon twice in his career, but when he was right in 2015, the Duke offense rolled at times. The writing was on the wall, though, with Daniel Jones the new star of the show after getting better and better as last season went on, and now Sirk will look to find a spot to be in the starting mix right away.
If he doesn’t go the FCS route, to speculate without any substance, the Florida native might be able to push for a spot at Florida International, Old Dominion or Rice at the Group of Five level, or in the Power Five world, Rutgers, Cal and Oregon State have quarterback battles who might fit what he’s looking for. But going into spring ball, the options might be limited if he doesn’t have a set plan of a place to go.